Metabolic Syndrome and Plant-Based Diets

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DESCRIPTION: Plant-based diets appear to protect against metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, which is characterized by the so-called “deadly quartet,” abdominal obesity, high fasting sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. We see this same step-wise progression towards lower disease risk the more plant-based one’s diet gets with high blood pressure (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/), cataracts (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-cataracts-with-diet/), diabetes (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/), and obesity (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/thousands-of-vegans-studied/). So it’s not all or nothing– just adding more healthy plant foods to crowd out some of the animal and junk foods in the diet can offer significant protection. It does appear, though, that to maximize one’s benefits one has to move towards maximizing the proportion of plants in the diet.

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